Quotations of Wisdom

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René Descartes

I am indeed amazed when I consider how weak my mind is and how prone to error. [Q1115]

Edward de Bono

The false dichotomies we constructed in order to operate the logic principles of contradiction have been so especially disastrous. (from the book, I am right, you are wrong. page 37) [Q2007]

Plato

The good is the beautiful. [Q898]

Gregor Mendel

My scientific studies have afforded me great gratification; and I am convinced that it will not be long before the whole world acknowledges the results of my work. [Q1429]

George S Patton

If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking. [Q501]

Lao Tzu

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. [Q1618]

Leo Tolstoy

Without knowing what I am and why I am here, life is impossible. [Q1064]

Ward Cunningham

My hope is that wiki becomes a totem for a way of interacting with people. Tradition in the work world has been more top down, while wiki, standing for the Internet, is becoming a model for a new way of work. Largely driven by reduced communication costs, it changes what needs to be done and how it’s going to get done. I hope that the wiki nature, if not the wiki code, makes some contribution. [Q1005]

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of laborers, the genius of it scientists, and the hopes of its children. [Q1219]

Hypatia

Reserve your right to think, for even to think wrongly is better than not to think at all. [Q1234]

Václav Havel

It is not true that people of high principles are ill-suited for politics. High principles have only to be accompanied by patience, consideration, a sense of measure and understanding for others. It is not true that only coldhearted, cynical, arrogant, haughty or brawling persons succeed in politics. Such people are naturally attracted by politics. In the end, however, politeness and good manners weigh more. [Q1768]

Franklin Roosevelt

We must remember that any oppression, any injustice, any hatred, is a wedge designed to attack our civilization. [Q137]

Mustafa Kemal

The religion of Islam will be elevated if it will cease to be a political instrument, as had been the case in the past. [Q1929]

Anaxagoras

Everything has a natural explanation. The moon is not a god, but a great rock, and the sun a hot rock. [Q794]

Frederick Douglass

Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them. [Q438]

Václav Havel

If every day a man takes orders in silence from an incompetent superior, if every day he solemnly performs ritual acts which he privately finds ridiculous, if he unhesitatingly gives answers to questionnaires which are contrary to his real opinions and is prepared to deny his own self in public, if he sees no difficulty in feigning sympathy or even affection where, in fact, he feels only indifference or aversion, it still does not mean that he has entirely lost the use of one of the basic human senses, namely, the sense of humiliation. [Q1761]

Abraham Lincoln

Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them? [Q1295]

Robert J. Gula

We all have emotional needs: the need to love, to be loved, to be accepted, to feel a sense of accomplishment, to feel a sense of self-worth, to feel important, to feel needed, to protect ourselves, to attain status in our own eyes and in the eyes of others, to be secure. These needs, in turn, conceal other emotions: love, hate, fear, jealousy, anger, guilt, greed, hope, loyalty. The emotions are fragile and sensitive. They are easily tampered with and they are easily manipulated. A person who knows how to appeal to our emotions can deceive us, manipulate us, and get us to accept as true that which is untrue. — Nonsense Red Herrings, Staw Men and Sacred Cows: HOw We Abuse Logic in Our Everyday Language. [Q1185]

Epictetus

No man is free who is not master of himself. [Q818]

George Orwell

A genuinely unfashionable opinion is almost never given a fair hearing, either in the popular press or in the highbrow periodicals ... If liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. [Q1351]

Master Kan

If we have the wisdom to learn, all may teach us their virtues. — Kung Fu television series 1972 [Q517]

Margaret Mead

Never doubt that a small, group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. [Q1955]

Thor Heyerdahl

A civilized nation can have no enemies, and one cannot draw a line across a map, a line that doesn't even exist in nature and say that the ugly enemy lives on the one side, and good friends live on the other. [Q1530]

Alexis de Tocqueville

The greatness of America lies not in being more enlightened than any other nation, but rather in her ability to repair her faults. [Q961]

Phil Jackson

I gave it my body and mind, but I have kept my soul. [Q207]

Walter Kirn

Literally, while I was writing, the town eccentrics were looking over my shoulder, asking about what I was writing, listening to my explanations, offering their two cents. It had gotten around town pretty quickly that what Walter was doing inside his house could be viewed easily on a computer. I thought, 'This is more interactivity than I can stand!' But it was interesting too. [Q1267]

Richard M Nixon

We do not learn by inference and deduction and the application of mathematics to philosophy, but by direct intercourse and sympathy. [Q309]

James Mill

Some ideas are by frequency and strength of association so closely combined that they cannot be separated; if one exists, the other exists along with it in spite of whatever effort we make to disjoin them [Q1443]

Albert Einstein

A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it. [Q394]

Anna Quindlen

Ideas are only lethal if you suppress and don't discuss them. Ignorance is not bliss, it's stupid. Banning books shows you don't trust your kids to think and you don't trust yourself to be able to talk to them. [Q709]

Henry David Thoreau

Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. [Q146]

Thomas Paine

Of all the systems of religion that ever were invented, there is none more derogatory to the Almighty, more unedifying to man, more repugnant to reason, and more contradictory in itself, than this thing called Christianity. [Q608]

Albert Einstein

May the conscience and the common sense of the peoples be awakened, so that we may reach a new stage in the life of nations, where people will look back on war as an incomprehensible aberration of their forefathers! [Q583]

Herbert Simon

The world is vast, beautiful, and fascinating, even awe-inspiring - but impersonal. It demands nothing of me, and allows me to demand nothing of it. [Q650]

Nikos Kazantzakis

By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired. [Q302]

Winston Churchill

The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is. [Q690]

Epictetus

If you desire to be good, begin by believing that you are wicked. [Q814]

Konrad Lorenz

We had better dispense with the personification of evil, because it leads, all too easily, to the most dangerous kind of war: religious war. [Q1433]

Anonymous Professor Stanford University

The only advice I might offer to your design process is to imitate nature: use evolution. By this I mean to design many experiments, test your assumptions and designs with those you are designing for, and iteratively improve your designs based upon what you learn. [Q483]

Peter the Hermit

The world is passing through troublous times. The young people of today think of nothing but themselves. They have no reverence for parents or old age. They are impatient of all restraint. They talk as if they knew everything, and what passes for wisdom with us is foolishness with them. As for the girls, they are forward, immodest and unladylike in speech, behavior and dress. — A.D. 1274 [Q1387]

Margaret Sanger

No woman can call herself free who does not own and control her body. No woman can call herself free until she can choose consciously whether she will or will not be a mother. [Q1668]

Senator Paul Simon

A better-prepared workforce means higher productivity. Higher productivity results in a lower unit cost to manufacture an item. Lower costs increase the likelihood of successfully competing with products manufactured overseas. This leads to higher sales, which results in higher profits. Everyone wins-labor, management, stockholders, the government, and the dollar. [Q2059]

Ken Kesey

You don't lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case. [Q1507]

Theodore Roosevelt

The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people. [Q1287]

Carl Sagan

Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works. [Q223]

Martin Frost

The level of discourse in this country is falling to a depth that cannot be sustained. [Q1378]

Plato

The community which has neither poverty nor riches will always have the noblest principles. [Q894]

Bob Hope

One political party can’t fool all of the people all of the time, that’s why we have two political parties. [Q573]

Marshall McLuhan

Art at its most significant is a Distant Early Warning System that can always be relied on to tell the old culture what is beginning to happen to it. [Q1453]

Dante Alighieri

Small projects need much more help than great. [Q1513]

Gabrielle Gifford

For example, we're on Sarah Palin's targeted list, but the thing is, that the way that she has it depicted has the crosshairs of a gun sight over our district. When people do that, they have to realize that there are consequences to that action. [Q1261]

Buckminster Fuller

Quite clearly, our task is predominantly metaphysical, for it is how to get all of humanity to educate itself swiftly enough to generate spontaneous social behaviors that will avoid extinction. — — The Wellspring of Reality [Q177]

Thomas Jefferson

All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent. [Q1242]

Alexis de Tocqueville

As one digs deeper into the national character of the Americans, one sees that they have sought the value of everything in this world only in the answer to this single question: how much money will it bring in? [Q957]

Plutarch

It were better to have no opinion of God at all than such a one as is unworthy of him; for the one is only belief - the other contempt. [Q779]

Karl Urban

That's always an interesting concept when you try to make your dream into a reality and you come up against the facts of exactly what it is you're attempting to do. [Q210]

Alice in Wonder Land

It was much pleasanter at home, thought poor Alice, when one wasn't always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole — and yet — and yet — it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one! There ought to be a book written about me, that there ought! And when I grow up, I'll write one. [Q1981]

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Before we acquire great power we must acquire wisdom to use it well. [Q406]

Senator Paul Simon

A better-prepared workforce means higher productivity. Higher productivity results in a lower unit cost to manufacture an item. Lower costs increase the likelihood of successfully competing with products manufactured overseas. This leads to higher sales, which results in higher profits. Everyone wins-labor, management, stockholders, the government, and the dollar. [Q2061]

Henry Drummond

An idea is a greater monument than any cathedral. And the advance of man's knowledge is a greater miracle than all the sticks turned to snakes or the parting of the waters — Inherit the Wind [Q104]

Thor Heyerdahl

Progress is man's ability to complicate simplicity. [Q1539]

Democritus

Raising children is an uncertain thing; success is reached only after a life of battle and worry. [Q771]

Galileo Galilei

Where the senses fail us, reason must step in. [Q944]

Charles Darwin

Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science. [Q698]

Akhenaton

Those who gave thee a body, furnished it with weakness; but He who gave thee Soul, armed thee with resolution. Employ it, and thou art wise; be wise and thou art happy. [Q1257]

Thomas Paine

When men yield up the privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon. [Q280]

Daniel H. Pink

It's in our nature to seek purpose. But that nature is now being revealed and expressed on a scale that is demographically unprecedented and, until recently, scarcely imaginable. The consequences could rejuvenated our business and remake our world. — Drive, Chapter 6. Purpose. [Q371]

Thomas Jefferson

We are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it. [Q196]

REO Speedwagon

Golden country your face is so red. With all of your money your poor can be fed. You strut around and you flirt with disaster. Never really carin' just what comes after. Well your blacks are dyin' but your back is still turned. And your freaks are cryin' but your back is still turned. You better stop your hidin or your country will burn. The time has come for you my friend. To all this ugliness we must put an end. Before we leave we must make a stand. — Lyrics from Golden Country [Q2104]

Bill Clinton

We can't afford to double down on trickle down. [Q2014]

Josh Billings

As scarce as truth is, the supply is always greater than the demand. [Q1854]

A. J. Muste

We cannot have peace if we are concerned only with war. War is not an accident. It is the logical outcome of a certain way of life. If we want to attack war, we have to attack that way of life. [Q1868]

Plato

At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet. [Q1617]

Thomas Paine

A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right. [Q261]

Plutarch

Let us carefully observe those good qualities wherein our enemies excel us; and endeavor to excel them, by avoiding what is faulty, and imitating what is excellent in them. [Q781]

Noam Chomsky

Unlimited economic growth has the marvelous quality of stilling discontent while maintaining privilege, a fact that has not gone unnoticed among liberal economists. [Q163]

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Harder still it has proved to rule the dragon Money... A whole generation adopted false principles, and went to their graves in the belief they were enriching the country they were impoverishing. [Q2034]

J William Fulbirght

There are many respects in which America, if it can bring itself to act with the magnanimity and the empathy appropriate to its size and power, can be an intelligent example to the world. [Q2020]

Benjamin Franklin

Since I cannot govern my own tongue, tho' within my own teeth, how can I hope to govern the tongues of others? [Q136]

Napolean Hill

Action is the real measure of intelligence. [Q432]

Woodrow Wilson

Generally young men are regarded as radicals. This is a popular misconception. The most conservative persons I ever met are college undergraduates. The radicals are the men past middle life. [Q744]

René Descartes

The two operations of our understanding, intuition and deduction, on which alone we have said we must rely in the acquisition of knowledge. [Q1125]

Art Spiegelman

With any work worth its salt, you have to trust the author enough to take its measure. And if you apply too many preconceptions, you are not taking its measure. [Q465]

David S Allen

Over time, the stories journalist tell about their place in democracy have changed from claiming rights enjoyed by all citizens to rights enjoyed by a privileged professional group. — Democracy, Inc. — Introduction — Page 10 [Q240]

Václav Havel

Even a purely moral act that has no hope of any immediate and visible political effect can gradually and indirectly, over time, gain in political significance. [Q1742]

Carl Jung

The healthy man does not torture others - generally it is the tortured who turn into torturers. [Q258]

Oliver Wendell Holmes

The world's great men have not commonly been great scholars, nor its great scholars great men. [Q1087]

G. K. Chesterton

He who strikes the first blow confesses that he has run out of ideas. The mere proposal to set the politician to watch the capitalist has been disturbed by the rather disconcerting discovery that they are both the same man. We are past the point where being a capitalist is the only way of coming a politician, and we are dangerously newer the point where being a politician is much the quickest way of becoming a capitalist. [Q1848]

Václav Havel

Anyone who takes himself too seriously always runs the risk of looking ridiculous; anyone who can consistently laugh at himself does not. [Q1741]

Noam Chomsky

States are not moral agents, people are, and can impose moral standards on powerful institutions. [Q158]

Sir Francis Bacon

Practical men, like owls, see clearly in the dim twilight of their preconceptions and are blinded by the bright light of truth. [Q1871]

Wendell Berry

A community is the mental and spiritual condition of knowing that the place is shared, and that the people who share the place define and limit the possibilities of each other's lives. [Q1319]

Woody Guthrie

Life has got a habit of not standing hitched. You got to ride it like you find it. You got to change with it. If a day goes by that don't change some of your old notions for new ones, that is just about like trying to milk a dead cow. [Q355]

Albert Einstein

We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them. [Q24]

Aristotle

The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal. [Q865]

Carl Jung

Great talents are the most lovely and often the most dangerous fruits on the tree of humanity. They hang upon the most slender twigs that are easily snapped off. [Q253]

Robert Anton Wilson

Certitude belongs exclusively to those who only own one encyclopedia. [Q83]

Caine and Master Kan

Master, do we seek victory in contention? Seek rather not to contend. But shall we not then be defeated? We know that where there is no contention, there is neither defeat nor victory. The supple willow does not contend against the storm, yet it survives. — Kung Fu television series 1972 [Q518]

Aristotle

Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers. [Q495]

David Foster Wallace

This diagnosis can be done in about two lines. It doesn't engage anybody. [Q984]

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